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Atlantis to hangar
After its safe landing to end mission STS-115, space shuttle Atlantis is towed from the Kennedy Space Center runway to hangar 1 of the Orbiter Processing Facility for post-flight deservicing and the start of preparations leading to its next mission, STS-117.
Space shuttle Atlantis glides to a smooth touchdown on Kennedy Space Center's Runway 33 at 6:21 a.m. to conclude the successful STS-115 mission that restarted construction of the space station.
Soyuz TMA-9 docking
The Russian Soyuz TMA-9 space capsule carrying the Expedition 14 resident crew and space tourist Anousheh Ansari safely docks to the International Space Station's Zvezda service module.
Expedition 14 launch
This extended duration movie follows the Soyuz rocket from the final countdown through arrival in orbit with the Expedition 14 crew. The video shows the three-stage rocket's ascent from Baikonur Cosmodrome and includes views of Mike Lopez-Alegria, Mikhail Tyurin and Anousheh Ansari from cameras inside the capsule.
Mission of Expedition 14
The voyage of Expedition 14 aboard the International Space Station is expected to see major construction activities for the outpost. Learn more about the mission in this narrated mission preview movie.
STS-31: Opening window to the Universe
The Hubble Space Telescope has become astronomy's crown jewel for knowledge and discovery. The great observatory was placed high above Earth following its launch aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The astronauts of STS-31 recount their mission in this post-flight film presentation.
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STS-34: Galileo launch
The long voyage of exploration to Jupiter and its many moons by the Galileo spacecraft began on October 18, 1989 with launch from Kennedy Space Center aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. The crew of mission STS-34 tell the story of their flight to dispatch the probe -- fitted with an Inertial Upper Stage rocket motor -- during this post-flight presentation film.
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Atlantis on the move
Space shuttle Atlantis is transported to the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building where the ship will be mated to the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters for a late-August liftoff.
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Opportunity rover arrives at dramatic vista
NASA NEWS RELEASE
Posted: September 27, 2006
NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity has arrived at the rim of a crater approximately five times wider than a previous stadium-sized one it studied for half a year.
Initial images from the rover's first overlook after a 21-month
journey to "Victoria Crater" show rugged walls with
layers of exposed rock and a floor blanketed with dunes. The far wall
is approximately one-half mile from the rover.
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"This is a geologist's dream come true," said Steve Squyres of Cornell
University, Ithaca, N.Y., principal investigator for NASA's twin
rovers Opportunity and Spirit. "Those layers of rock, if we can get
to them, will tell us new stories about the environmental conditions
long ago. We especially want to learn whether the wet era that we
found recorded in the rocks closer to the landing site extended
farther back in time. The way to find that out is to go deeper, and
Victoria may let us do that."
Opportunity has been exploring Mars since January 2004, more than 10
times longer than its original prime mission of three months. It has
driven more than 5.7 miles. Most of that was to get from "Endurance"
crater to Victoria, across a flat plain pocked with smaller craters
and strewn with sand ripples. Frequent stops to examine intriguing
rocks interrupted the journey, and one large sand ripple kept the
rover trapped for more than five weeks.
"We're so proud of Opportunity, the rover that 'takes a lickin' but
keeps on tickin'," said Cindy Oda, a Mars rover mission manager at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif. "It
continues to overcome all challenges despite its aging parts and
difficult terrain. We are looking forward to exciting new discoveries
as Opportunity begins its new adventure exploring Victoria crater."
Spirit, halfway around Mars and farther south of the planet's equator,
has been staying at one northward-tilted position through the
southern Mars winter for a maximum energy supply for its solar
panels. Spirit is conducting studies that benefit from staying in one
place, such as monitoring effects of wind on dust. It will begin
driving again when the Martian spring increases the amount of solar
Operations for both rovers will be minimized for much of October as
Mars passes nearly behind the sun from Earth's perspective, making
radio communication more difficult than usual.
JPL manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project for the NASA Science
Mission Directorate, Washington.